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Richard Clapp b 1780
published by Williams on Wed, 25/05/2022 - 11:40

I'm researching my 4th Gt Grandfather Richard Clapp and family. He was born in Chapel Allerton in 1780 and baptised on 25 Dec 1780.  I have come up against a brick wall finding his date of death and that off his wife Fanny Tucker born 1778 in Weare and some of his children.

It seems Richard and Fanny had nine children sadly with early deaths:

Harriet 1802 - 1808

Charlotte 1803 - 1803

Charles 1804 - 1885 (my 3rd Gt Grandfather - I have a reasonable amount of info about him)

John 1806 - 1808

Harriet 1808 - 1808

George 1809 - 1810

Richard 1811 - ?

Fanny 1813 - ?

William 1814 - ?

From the baptism records of his children is seems Richard was a farmer in Stone Allerton.

If anyone can throw more light on this family, it would be greatly appreciated.


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William Vowles Lovell b. 1844
published by Les Martels on Sat, 26/02/2022 - 20:18

Is anyone researching the above person.  He was the illegitimate son of Esther or Hester Lovell and was born in Yatton.  His father was probably named Vowles.

She married Samuel Gregory in 1847 and Samuel took William as his own.

There is a marriage for William to Ellen ? 4th qtr 1871  Bristol.  (3 Ellens listed but I can't work out which one) but nothing further shown for him.  There is a 1905  Prison entry at Wakefield for begging  for a  William Lovell born Yeaton (Yatton perhaps) which could be him although the age is a couple of years out.

Other than that I can find nothing after his marriage.

Can anyone help please.


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published by Pat Hase on Thu, 24/02/2022 - 18:50

I have some documents which mention one or more of the above surnames - if you are researching these names in this area please contact me to see if these connect with your family.  

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Holland Street
published by Derrick Norton on Sat, 19/02/2022 - 17:23

Please would you tell me when Holland street was built, please?

Many thanks,

Derrick Norton

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Flour Mills and Bakeries
published by Sandra D on Thu, 17/02/2022 - 6:08

I am researching my Grandfather Francis Henry Durbin born 1883 in Nailsea. In the 1901 census he is aged 17 and listed as a Baker. So I was wondering where he may have worked. I did some research and found that George Yendole was a Baker in the area and was living at Steam Mills East End Terrace Silver Street Nailsea. I did a search in the newspapers and there was a mill located there but this reference was for its sale in 1882. So I am wondering if it was still operating in 1901. Do you have any suggestions as to how I might find out? Or does anyone know of other flour mills and bakeries that would be close by. Many Thanks for any suggestions.


Sandra Davis

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John HOCKEY and Joanna TAYLOR
published by daveerasmus on Thu, 10/02/2022 - 21:21

One of my paternal 3 x Great Grandfathers was Jonas/John HOCKEY who was baptised in Horsington, Somerset on 7 January 1792. His first wife was Hannah GRILL(S) (my 3 x Great Grandmother) and they married at Bedminster St John on 18 November 1810. Hannah died in 1832. And John then married Elizabeth SAINSBURY at Bristol St Paul’s on 19 November 1934. Elizabeth died in 1836.

Following Elizabeth’s death John married (or at least formed a lasting relationship with) Joanna sometime around 1838. They had at least 6 children and I have confirmed (either through the GRO online index or through sight of the relevant birth certificate) that Joanna’s maiden name was TAYLOR in each case.

At the time of the 1841 census the family were living in the parish of St Augustine the Less. According to the census record, Joanna was born “in County”. But subsequently her place of birth was shown as

  •        1851 - Portugal (c1812)

  •        1861 - Portugal, British Subject (c1808)

  •        1871 – British Colonies (c1812)

  •        1881 – South Cheriton (c1819)

  •        1891 – Spain (c1812).

I have struggled to find either a birth record for Joanna TAYLOR or a marriage record for Joanna TAYLOR and John HOCKEY. At the time of the censuses in 1851 (in Castle Cary) and 1861 (Ansford), there were Taylor families close by but, although I haven’t ruled out a connection with them, I haven’t found one either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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